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Old 01-26-2010, 04:22 PM
 
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Hi, I recently relocated here for a job a Duke and the wife will be following once our house sells in TN. We're looking for a luxery home that is in the 2200-2700 sq foot range, with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with a price under $350,000. Townhomes do not appeal to us and we're not ready to find an agent yet. The Mrs will be able to transfer with her current company and will work in Cary. We would like an area that would be convenient for both of us.

Thank you for your help.

Joe
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You should have no problem finding a beautiful new home based on the criteria you have stated.

If you want something newer, you should check out Cary Park. The lots are small but the homes are upgraded. Most are two story homes with 2 car garages.

Also, Greystone and Harmony are in the same area. Depending on what your opinion is of "luxury", you may not like Harmony.

Sunset Oaks and The Park at West Lakes also have some homes that may match your criteria.

Just doing some driving around on your own, you will be able to find a few neighborhoods that you like. From that point, it is easy to find the home you like.

Keep in mind if you go into any model homes, the onsite agent works for the builder. Be careful of what you say!

Vicki
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:12 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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You are going to have several things to consider and there are going to be influences that you need to take into account. First of all, where your wife's job is in Cary will have a big impact on finding the right home for both of you. There are parts of Cary that are pretty darn close to Durham and others that are very painful drive away from it. You'll also have to consider whether you two are looking to split the difference on your commutes or if one of you two will take the greater burden of the distance between the two jobs. You'll also need to think about what sort of home and neighborhood you prefer. Do you want something new or historic; urban, rural or suburban? Do you want a neighborhood with other empty nesters or with young families? Once your wife sells your house, I'd suggest getting a Realtor who knows more than just one city and has a real grasp on the many options you are bound to have. Good luck!
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:12 PM
 
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You should check out the new homes being built in Brier Creek Regency section. They are ideal for Empty Nesters, Ranch plans with maintenance included. Location is convenient to most of the Triangle.
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:51 AM
 
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While you can certainly find a nice home in Cary in the $350K range, I wouldn't call them "luxury homes". Cary isn't inexpensive and the nicest upscale communities cost considerably more - ie Copperleaf, Preston Country Club area, Renaissance at Regency, GreyHawk Landing, Wessex etc. Most of these communities range 600K and upwards - some over a million.
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:14 AM
 
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In my mind, when the OP mentioned "luxury homes" and sq. footage of about 2200 to 2700, he means that he wants granite countertops, tile floors, hardwood floors, etc. NOT a huge home but a home that is upgraded. Of course, that is just my interpretation.

Vicki
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:33 AM
 
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There's a lot of good advice here. As rnc2mbfl points out, where your wife's job is in Cary will make a big difference as well as how you define convenience. There are a lot of places in Cary you can reach from Downtown Durham in 20 minutes. AS ljd1010 points out, $350K isn't considered terribly luxurious but there is a lot of choice at that price point. Durham real estate tends to be a little less expensive than Cary although Durham is getting "hotter" with the DPAC in place downtown and other downtown revitalization. The nicer neighborhoods close to Duke also tend to be more expensive because of their convenience to Duke and Duke Hospital and because there just isn't that much in the way of new home building possible close to the campus.

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Old 01-27-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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In my mind, when the OP mentioned "luxury homes" and sq. footage of about 2200 to 2700, he means that he wants granite countertops, tile floors, hardwood floors, etc. NOT a huge home but a home that is upgraded. Of course, that is just my interpretation.

Vicki
Why didn't I just say that? Thank you, Vicki. That's exactly what I meant. An upscale home that's smaller in size w/o being a townhouse.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:35 AM
 
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If you could make the location work, The Commons At The Park At West Lake fits your needs perfectly. Smaller homes that are VERY well appointed and built. An exceptional product. Lawn Maintenance included in HOA fees.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If you could make the location work, The Commons At The Park At West Lake fits your needs perfectly. Smaller homes that are VERY well appointed and built. An exceptional product. Lawn Maintenance included in HOA fees.
Love those homes! VERY well upgraded and built by a great custom builder! Funky...do I know you???

Vicki
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